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Thursday, 11 October 1984
Page: 1653


Senator WALSH —Early today Senator Crowley asked me a question about a reactor under construction in the Philippines. My attention has been drawn to a minute from the Minister for Foreign Affairs which adds to the information I gave. The minute states:

The Government is aware of criticism of the Bataan reactor because of escalating costs and alleged deficiencies in structure and design, particularly in a region of potential geological instability. The Government is also aware that, following an IAEA review and US National Regulatory Council recommendations after the Three Mile Island accident, design features were implemented especially in relation to the plant's ability to withstand earth tremors. While it is for the Philippines Authorities to ensure that these matters are properly addressed, the Australian Government will continue to monitor developments.